American Association of Blacks in Energy

2021 Energy Policy Summit

Known for its innovative programming and engaging speakers, the summit convenes critical stakeholders to give voice to the people of color on energy policy issues. The Energy Policy Summit provides valuable dialogue with policy leaders about economic opportunities and the impact on an underserved population.
October 19-20, 2021
12:30 PM ET – 4:30 PM ET

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM
Welcome and Introductions
Ralph Cleveland, Interim President and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
12:40 PM – 1:45 PM
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from a Policy Perspective

The Biden Administration put forth an Executive Order on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” which looks to implement equity principals throughout government agencies. Key Members in Congress are attempting to build upon the Administration’s efforts through legislation that will codify both of these initiatives. This panel will discuss the implications of these efforts within the energy sector as they relate to, economic development, workforce, and related issues. It will also explore the potential legislative and regulatory pathways in addition to the role that federal, state, and local regulatory bodies could have in advancing these

  • Moderator
    Interim President and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
  • Panelists
    • Charles Matthews
      President and Chief Executive Officer – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
    • Rod West
      President of Utilities, Entergy
    • Natalie Edwards
      Chief Diversity Officer National Grid
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Congressional Keynote: House Energy and Environment Subcommittee
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Energy Efficiencies and Renewable Policies

The Administration’s mission is to implement climate policies that take into consideration climate, health, environment, and racial justice. There is discussion Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Standards (EECES) this policy requires a minimum share of electricity to be generated from eligible “clean” sources. What are these “clean” sources, and do they meet the goals that the Administration is aiming to achieve?

  • Moderator
    Project Director Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, WSP USA
  • Panelists
    • Diana Madson
      Principal at Hua Nani Partners
    • Dr. Miriam Aczel
      Postdoctoral Scholar California Institute of Energy and Environment
    • Danielle Arostegui
      Senior Analyst, US Climate Change Environmental Defense Fund
2:45 PM – 2:55 PM
2:55 PM – 3:40 PM
Achieving Growth in a Clean Energy Future

With the new energy reforms on the horizon how should the business industry optimize growth in the energy sector. This panel will be an industry focused discussion on how we optimize and achieve growth in the midst of new technology, cybersecurity and energy safety policies. How are those policies being implemented at a business operations level to increase growth and return
on investment (ROI)?

  • Moderator
    CEO and President Utilities Technology Council
  • Panelists
    • Scott Jennings
      SVP Corporate Planning and Utility Finance PSEG
    • Janisse Quiñones
      Senior Vice President, Gas Engineering Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    • Clift Pompee
      Managing Director of Generation Technology Duke Energy
3:40 PM – 4:25 PM
Thriving Energy Economy & Implications for Clean Energy Adoption

In order to implement and achieve a thriving energy economy businesses and consumers need incentives to adopt new energy standards. This panel will explore the ideas being explored by the Biden administration and Congress to implement energy tax cuts vs. energy tax credits. Which incentives will drive demand for domestic manufacturing and grow capacity for building those technologies while ensuring that good-quality jobs are available to all

  • Moderator
    Limited Partner at Ibersun
  • Panelists
    • Daniel Kammen
      Professor Energy and Resource Group Chair UC Berkeley
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Energy Industry CEO Panel—Energy Trade Associations

The Biden Administration and Congress has made environmental justice a key policy objective. The Administration recently put forth a Pathway to Achieving “Justice40” which the Federal Government looks to implement equity principals throughout government agencies and specifically to ensure that federal agencies work with states and local communities to make good on President Biden’s promise to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities. This panel will discuss the implications within the energy sector with respect to Justice40 and it will also explore the potential legislative and regulatory pathways along with to the role that federal, state, and local regulatory could have in advancing these initiatives.

  • Moderator
    VP National Grid
  • Panelists
    • Mike Sommers
      CEO of American Petroleum Institute
    • Heather Zichal
      CEO of American Clean Power
    • Karen Harbert
      CEO of American Gas Association
    • Tom Kuhn
      CEO of Edison Electric Institute
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Greening Transportation Equitably: The Next Step in Energy Independence

With increased commitment to invest in the production of Electric Vehicles from car manufacturers to federal EV policy initiatives, this modernization of transportation is becoming a critical piece in the fight towards energy independence. This panel will focus on key strategies to ensure urban centers and communities of color are not left behind with the implementation of Electric Vehicles.

  • Moderator
    Executive Director TransitMatters
  • Panelists
    • Terry Travis
      EVNoire E-Mobility Consultant & Co-Founder of EVHybridNoire
    • Lori Bird
      US Energy Program Director and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy World Resources Institute
    • Patrick Arness
      Director of Government Relations EEI
2:15 PM – 2:25 PM
2:25 PM – 3:10 PM
The Changing Landscape of Energy Regulation

With historic investment in modernizing America’s electrical grid and new grid development authority. The goal of achieving a carbon-free power sector by 2035. These investments will drive new regulations from regulating authorities like FERC. How will the industry respond and what are the implications of energy initiatives being heavily regulated?

  • Moderator
    Former Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
  • Panelists
    • Abigail Anthony
      Commissioner Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
    • Odogwu Obi Linton
      Commissioner Maryland Public Service Commission
    • Sean Jamieson
      General Counsel Spire Resources LLC
3:10 PM – 3:30 PM
Regulatory Keynote: The Honorable Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy
Honorable Jennifer Granholm
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Washington Round Up—Midterm Elections and a Look Ahead to 2022
  • Moderator
    Gray Global Advisors
  • Panelists
    • Alaina Beverly
      Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs University of Chicago - Office of Federal Relations
    • Joseph Watkins
      Political Commentator MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Al-Jazeera
4:30 PM – 4:40 PM